Clare Stewart

Clare grew up in a small town without a cinema and has been overcompensating ever since. For 25 years she’s been doing what she loves most – connecting films and filmmakers with audiences. She is now a creative and development consultant and an elected member of the BAFTA Film Committee where she also serves on the Learning, Inclusion and Talent Committee. As Director of BFI London Film Festival and BFI Flare: London LGBTIQ+ Film Festival (2012–17 editions), she increased audiences, elevated the international position of the Festivals, advocated new and emerging talent, and promoted action on diversity and inclusion. She was previously Festival Director, Sydney Film Festival (2007–11), the inaugural Head of Film Programmes at ACMI (2002–06) and held various roles at the Australian Film Institute (1996–2001) and the Melbourne Cinémathèque (1995–2005). Clare has served on the World Economic Forum’s Global Advisory Council for the Creative Economies (2014–16), is a previous recipient of the Queen’s Trust Award for Young Australians and received a Women and Hollywood Trailblazer Award for her work promoting diversity and gender parity in the film industry. Clare is thrilled to be the inaugural Chair of Aesthetica Short Film Festival’s Advisory Board.